The Evolution of Social Learning


At Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), we help our clients keep pace with the changing training landscape to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of their organization’s learning programs. As I mentioned in my most recent post, Applying Social Learning to the 70:20:10 Model, we have seen the introduction of social media drive an evolution in learning.

With the emergence of Facebook, blogging, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, etc., social media has changed our learning behaviors and preferences for receiving, processing and sharing information—as well as the strategies learning professionals need to put in place to engage and motivate learners. The new learning model has shifted from mainly classroom and web-based to a hybrid or blended model with more interactivity, collaboration and custom mobile learning initiatives to supplement programs.

Here’s a look at how today’s socially savvy learner and expanding workforce of Millennials has led to a shift in the traditional training landscape:

With such resounding support for the combination of formal learning programs enhanced with social learning, it is clear social learning techniques are here to stay. Learning professionals should heed the shifting demands of the workforce to ensure new social tools and collaborative training methods are incorporated into their latest program offerings.

How has social media impacted your training programs? Do you see an increase in excitement around learning programs that are enhanced with social? We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our social media channels.